Of men with boobs

The Manica Post - - Fashion / Dateline / Relationships -

HELLO read­ers, how are you this week? This is Novem­ber, and we are a month shy to year end.

We need to get our act to­gether if we have not. We can­not end the year on a neg­a­tive foot­ing.

To­day, guys, is about you. Yes it is. I am chat­ting about “man boobs”.

Yes there are lots of men out there car­ry­ing man boobs due to a num­ber of fac­tors. For a lot of guys, man boobs are a nag­ging source of shame and self-loathing.

How­ever, there is noth­ing ab­nor­mal about it and are a num­ber of rea­sons why they ap­pear. Of­ten, it is be­cause of a hor­monal im­bal­ance called gy­nae­co­mas­tia — a con­di­tion where high lev­els of es­tro­gen causes breast tis­sue to form. Other cases it is due to an over-indulgence in fatty foods and or al­co­hol.

But what­ever the ori­gin, “man boobs” can make many men para­noid about their fash­ion choices.

Af­ter con­ver­sa­tions with sev­eral men, I de­cided to give out the lit­tle in­for­ma­tion I have on it to­day.

The most ob­vi­ous thing is to avoid the ex­tremes when it comes to fit. Any­thing too fit­ted will only en­hance the curves of your chest, lol. But if you go too far the other way you will end up adding vol­ume, which will make you look big­ger all round.

To that end, give your chest a lit­tle room from the fab­ric (but not too much) lest you look like you are wear­ing hand-medowns.

If nec­es­sary, buy a size up and get the shoul­ders and waist tai­lored down to your specifications. That way it will feel be­spoke, but not con­stricted or chest-hug­ging.

Shirts vs golf shirts or

T-shirts.

I will al­ways go with shirts, whether short or long sleeves.

How­ever, if you are a T-shirt per­son, choose denser fab­ric over clingy or sheer fabrics.

If pos­si­ble go for golf shirts which are safe all round. They will sit bet­ter than T-shirts, which tend to cling.

Colour plays an im­por­tant part on hid­ing or dis­guis­ing your boobs.

White shirts are more likely to dis­play ev­i­dent man boobs shad­ows than blue or grey, which will bet­ter blend with the shade.

Vis­ual trick­ery can also be of help. Checked or pat­terned T-shirts are great for a man with boobs. Darker tones are cer­tainly flat­ter­ing, but do not feel like you have to avoid lighter colours, es­pe­cially if you choose the right fab­ric.

What about pock­ets? This is where it gets a lit­tle more com­pli­cated.

“Pock­ets can go ei­ther way. They can pro­vide ad­di­tional struc­ture to a shirt and this dis­guise the problem area, but then bulky, heav­ily de­tailed pock­ets will only draw at­ten­tion to the chest”.

The les­son is: choose your top pocket wisely.

Lastly, in­vest in a com­pres­sion vest. No, it is not a gir­dle, so stop pan­ick­ing.

This is not a last re­sort, but a ne­ces­sity for men with boobs.

Com­pres­sion vests are widely avail­able, cheap and do a great job of com­fort­ably sup­press­ing heavy chests un­der ev­ery­day clothes.

Their low, scoop­ing necks mean that they will never be spot­ted (un­less you are a ‘four but­tons un­done for the ladies’ kinda guy), and even if some­one sees it, most bud­get of­fer­ings look al­most iden­ti­cal to a per­for­mance sports vest.

If all else fails, haul your­self to the gym and start work­ing on your chest. And re­mem­ber the next fatty peace of braai meat you eat could sit on your chest.

That is it for this week peo­ple, un­til next week, God bless!

Fash­ion Diva can be con­tacted on 0719 933 845 dur­ing work­ing hours (only).

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